ATTENTION: MR. REINARES
February 15, 2005
Moro group condemns bombings,
But tells president "do not solve terror with terror"
The mounting death toll caused by the orchestrated bombings that hit
Makati, General Santos, and Davao City, which were all claimed to
have been conducted by the "Abu Sayyaf Group" as a "valentine gift"
for the president, triggered condemnation from the Muslim sector.
"To unleash such terror that victimized the innocent is deplorable
and condemnable to the highest degree. Whoever conducted the bombings
has proven that they are not the "vanguards of Islam" that they claim
to be. Instead, they turn out to be an enemy of the people," Cosain
Naga, Moro Christian Peoples Alliance (MCPA) Spokesman said.
Forewarning against crackdowns
On the other hand, Naga warned that the Arroyo government should not
use these strings of bombings to once again conduct crackdowns in
Moro communities both in Metro Manila and in Mindanao.
"It is a widely known fact that the military and the police has for
many a time wreaked terror in Moro communities in the guise of
running after such bandit groups as the ASG and the Pentagon Gang. It
is also common knowledge that these operations end up to illegal
detentions, torture, and other cases of harassment mostly among
innocent civilians" Naga said citing instances in the Basilan
crackdown on 2001 which caused more than 100 Moro men, including
women to be jailed.
He added, "we fear that with the ASG's crimes, our innocent Moro
brothers and sisters will suffer the backlash (retaliation) from the
military. Hence, we ask the Arroyo government along with the national
police and military to exercise good judgment and prudence in facing
this matter. Terror with not be solved with terror."
According to the MCPA, the Bangsamoro and the Filipino people must
push the Arroyo government to pursue genuine peace efforts.
"The raging war in Sulu and these series of bombings root from causes
that the government has long failed to address. Unfortunate it may be
to say, we fear that as long as a genuine peace efforts are not shown
by the Arroyo administration, there will be no end to the cyclical
pattern of war in Mindanao and to the series of retaliation attacks
from bandit groups which the inutile military and police have long
failed to curb," Naga said.
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